A Follow-up Roundtable Discussion to the Country Review Report of Pakistan in Compliance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)

Islamabad, 31 October 2017 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a roundtable discussion to foster cooperation and coordination of the international community in supporting Pakistan's compliance with the UNCAC in line with the recommendations outlined in Pakistan's Review Report. 

In follow up to the launch of the Country Review Report in compliance with the UNCAC held on 21 September 2017, Ms. Jouhaida Hanano, Criminal Justice Programme Advisor at UNODC COPAK delivered a comprehensive presentation highlighting key findings of the Country Review Report focusing on those where Pakistan requested technical support in, among others, the establishment of an anti-corruption academy, capacity building in specialized investigative areas, the establishment of a centralized asset management office, support in mutual legal assistance, the establishment of a full-pledged witness protection and whistle-blower programmes and specialized anti-corruption training particularly on anti-money laundering. 

Discussions also included the best ways to join efforts in order to support the Government of Pakistan in improving its capacity in view of meeting the requirements stipulated in the UNCAC.  

Deliberations also culminated to having a consensus among the participants to establish an anti-corruption group composed of the international community to coordinate its efforts in view of supporting the Government of Pakistan in meeting its needs to combat corruption. This forum will be a vehicle to share information, resources and expertise for informed programming to identify synergies and avoid duplication, thereby supporting Pakistan to enhance its capacity in line with international norms and standards.